AFC Didsbury: Leighton, L Darlington, Bishop, Battersby (C), Rogers (Wedl) (New), Lee (Agyeman), Harrison, Kilgour, Vasko, Menghini (Connolly), M Darlington (Kennedy).
Goals: Menghini, Kennedy, Agyeman Assists: Vasko, Lee Man of the Match: Bishop
Fallowfield Left Universally Challenged
The cumulative student debt of AFC Didbury's playing squad is rivaled only by one other team in the MASFL; Fallowfield FC. The reason both of these teams are yet to win the MASFL is because when all their rivals were out practising football, their playing squads were hauled up in a university library, watching boysfood.com on their phone whilst simultaneuosly trying to write essays on classical greek philosophy or trying to understand (mathematically of course - lol) what size of metal swarf they might achieve at a given RPM when turning 316 stainless.
The only player on AFCD's starting 11 lacking a degree is now the Director of his own company and will very soon be employing the rest of the team as his empire takes over Manchester and then the rest of the 'Northern Powerhouse'.
The point being, should I have really gone to University?? Anyway...I digress.
After a proper humbling in the corresponding fixture last season, UrbanGrille FC were out to regain some credibility against a Fallowfield side lacking in 11 identical playing shirts.
The match was fairly one sided if I'm honest.
Regimented and tenacious pressure from Fallowfield in the early stages made it difficult for Didsbury to play the tika-taka for which they are famed (I think?). It took some excellent work down the left wing, culminating in a pin point cross from Pavol Vasko, for the deadlock to be broken mid-way through the first half. It only took Ross Menghini 3 attempts to tap the ball in as defenders were throwing themselves at his feet (not in that way).
Tensions rose as the half wore on, with Didsbury's 'Kraylington' brothers becoming increasingly agitated with Fallowfield's physical approach. Boiling point was reached when Reggie (aka Matty Darlington) simply refused to look at the ref during one particular telling-off, and made him 'talk to the back 'cos the face don't wona know'.
Fallowfield's England shirt-wearing striker often carried the ball forward with a deft touch and real purpous, however attacks often fizzled out as he searched in vain for a decisive pass that might challenge the Didsbury back-line.
The second half was very much Didsbury's, as Fallowfield began to lose their head of steam. The introduction of fresh legs and fresh thinking brought 2 further goals for the visitors.
For the neutral however, the match surely reached its pinnacle on 76 mins, when AFCD subsitute Charlie Wedl's testicles actually dropped as he screamed (then groaned) for a diagonal ball from the keeper. Well done and congrats Charlie.
The first three points on the board for AFCD. Their new kit really is nice isn't it?
Words by Matt Harrison
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